Street Scenes, 2012-
Street photography is kind of where it all starts for me. Or perhaps where it ends, depending on one's perspective. Of course, there is the documentary, digital imaging at my day job that pays the bills and my portrait business that keeps me flush with film, chemicals, ink and paper. And I love those branches of photography too. But the images that truly move my heart spring from encountering the world with camera in hand and pockets stuffed with film, the constant search to see what is there to be seen, and apply my vision, unimpeded, to image making. Although this gallery presents "straight" black and white street photography, most of my other projects evolved from this very basic activity -- you could say these images are like tadpoles circling a shallow pond, and at any moment one of them could sprout legs, hop up on land, and take on a life of its own.
I love wandering the streets making photos, and looking at the street photography of masters like Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Robert Frank, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. In truth it nags, this feeling that the dance so complex in my mind is little more than a re-tread of these masters' work. But whether it is the action of a person in front of me, or the result of something that happened before my appearance on the scene, the streets of the world never fail to create drama, humor, or beauty. So I continue on, mostly staying on the move, and try to use the raw material I encounter to make images that communicate the feelings experienced in these places and then arrange these images in various ways to create narrative relationships between isolated moments.